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My First New Year Resolution…ever!

IMG_4233People asked me what are my new year resolutions. I’ve never made a new year resolution and had no plans to make any for 2018. However, I’ve had a pretty challenging 2017 as I’m sure many others have. Yes, I try my best to stay upbeat and positive when I blog so some may think I’m living this fabulous life. (Hmmm, I think I’ve blogged about that before.) Well, life is good as I always say when I sign off, yet life is challenging.

With the ups and downs of 2017 and the recent loss of individuals in my life and family, it brings to mind the saying about not waiting to tell people how you feel. That brings me to my 2018 New Year resolution. I’m going to tell the most important person in my life, my son Jaden, the ten things I love about him.

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Thanksgiving in Kansas City

The Fam
The family in Kansas City. BTW, Amir is throwing spider webs!

Jaden planned to come to #Houston for #Thanksgiving. He loves the idea of being with family and it would literally just be him and me. I asked him if he wanted to spend the holiday in #KansasCity with some of my #family. He didn’t hesitate to say yes to that suggestion. So we planned to meet in Kansas City, MO for Thanksgiving.

Jaden arrived several hours before me and was retrieved from the airport by my sister Jamica. They had a chance to hang out at her house with her kids, including my three little nephews. The new baby, Trey, was born just weeks before and I was so excited to see him. I’ve noticed that the older I get, the more I love cuddling the new babies. My nephew, Amir (4), likes to check up on me every now and then and will video chat with me. Sometimes he calls from such random places, like under his mother’s bed! Amir is also crazy about Jaden. I couldn’t wait for those two to get together!

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Family Birthday Fun

IMG_4175It’s been a while since I’ve blogged but I want to fill you in on my family’s visit for their birthday celebrations. It was my brother and sister-in-law’s first visit to #Houston and now that my sister, Tamona, has moved to #Dallas, I’ve lost count of the number of time’s she’s been down. It’s nice to have her so close!

My brother, Aaron, turned 50 November 14th and my sister, Tamona, had a birthday November 19th – I won’t tell you how old she is because she’d kill me. Anyway, they decided to come hang out in Houston to celebrate and we had a great time.

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New Member of A Growing Group

When I don’t know what to do, I write.

For those who have followed my blog for a few years, you’ve been privied to my loves, likes, dislikes and even my quirks. I usually try to keep things light but the whole process has been therapeutic for me. However, tonight I write because I don’t know what else to do and I’m counting on this to be therapeutic.

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The Kid Has Come!

IMG_4143After spending a few weeks in Oklahoma with his grandparents, Jaden made his way to Houston to spend some time with me. I’m always so excited to see my son. He’s such a fun kid and has an hilarious sense of humor. He stayed just shy of two weeks before he took a detour to tag along with me to San Diego. We had no idea what we were going to do while he was here in Houston so of course we decided to do touristy stuff!

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I’m Thankful

IMG_4143I survived my first hurricane; kind of. Technically I missed #Harvey. I had a planned trip to visit my niece in San Diego the day the #hurricane hit. Jaden & I took an earlier flight and we landed in California Friday morning. Over the next several hours and days, we watched as the devastation unfolded in what I now call home: #Houston. I couldn’t begin to imagine what people were experiencing and the heart-breaking images brought tears to my eyes. Continue reading I’m Thankful

Fun Times in Mexico

My #international trips look a bit different since moving back to the US. With limited time off and everything so far away, I plan to get to know #Mexico and the #Caribbean much better. My last trip to #PlayadelCarmen was the early 2000s. It was one of my first cruises and we docked at a port and took a taxi to a beach in Playa del Carmen. For many years, it had been the best beach I’d experienced. The water was crystal clear, it was warm, and relaxing. Once I went to the #Maldives, the Playa del Carmen beach quickly moved down the list. I say all this to say, my expectations were pretty high for Playa del Carmen; not only because of past experience but because the resort reviews were stellar.

I stayed at the Royal Hideaway PlayaCar. It’s about a 40 minute drive from the Cancun airport but it was a nice ride in a SUV with a TV and a cold beverage. When I pulled up to the resort, it was grandiose. It had a royal feel to it and quickly reminded me of Doha. Greeted by friendly smiling faces, I was whisked away to check in and handed a glass of pink champagne and a cold towel for my face and hands. I was already in heaven.

Walking through the manicured grounds with small ponds throughout, was a site to see. I was taken to my villa on the third floor and left to explore. The room was great: spacious, clean, well stocked fridge and a nice sized balcony overlooking the grounds. I settled in and unpacked and made my way to the beach.

This was my first experience at an all inclusive and I’ve been watching the news about the mysterious illnesses and deaths  happening after drinking alcohol in Mexico. I’m not sure this was such a wise idea to go to Mexico because I certainly went light on the adult beverages during the trip. I mostly stuck to wine! Anyway, wading in the infinity pool with great drinks, ordering food in the pool, and laying in a cabana to read and relax is how I spent the weekend. I met great people from all over the state of #Texas. It was indeed a great experience.

I cannot recommend this resort, however. The food, overall, was the worst food experience I’ve ever had on vacation. Except the time I did get sick on my way from leaving #Mumbai. The only thing that kept me from starving was the hot wings (which had to be ordered at the pool), fries, and omelettes. I dined at one of the restaurants the first night. The main course, veal, was disgusting! I took one bite of the rubbery hunk of meat and decided I’d try the room service. That was a disaster. I can say they had great guacamole and I ate lots of plain lays potato chips.

All in all, I didn’t let the horrible food ruin everything else. I’ll try an all inclusive one more time and see if the food is better. If not, I’m not sure I can do it again! If anyone has a recommendation for a nice all inclusive with good food, please let me know. I’d certainly appreciate it. 

Finally, thank goodness for the pool because there was an extreme amount of seaweed on the beach. 

Well, I’ll sign off for now. The kid is coming soon so look for the Jaden & Kendra update! I enjoy when he visits. He’s such a blast and he reminds me how old I am…

Living life…and it’s good.